Topic: surveillance

Tech companies worry FBI may get access to private data

The battle over how far governments can go to look at the private information of their citizens has started on a new front. The EFF, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and other civil society organizations, companies and trade associations have signed an open letter to the United States Senate opposing the expansion of the National Security Letter … continue reading

Google releases Android Auto APIs, Senate votes down FREEDOM Act—SD Times news digest: Nov. 19, 2014

Google has released the first APIs for Android Auto, opening up third-party development for its in-car operating system. The two APIs support audio apps and messaging apps, allowing developers to integrate content into Android Auto for users to browse, play back audio from car and messaging apps that receive incoming notifications, read messages aloud, and … continue reading

SD Times news digest: August 27, 2014—RethinkDB 1.14, Nokia DVLUP dies, Netflix threat modeling tools

RethinkDB 1.14 released Version 1.14 of the RethinkDB open-source distributed JSON database has been released with more than 50 new enhancements. RethinkDB ecosystem engineer Josh Kuhn announced the release in a blog post, explaining that 1.14 is the first RethinkDB release that doesn’t require data migration. Some of the main upgrades and new features include: … continue reading

GNU community members uncover international government surveillance program

Just when you thought public opinion of the NSA couldn’t get any worse, the United States is implicated in another massive government surveillance program. Community members of the open-source GNU Project have unearthed evidence of HACIENDA, a government surveillance program used to map servers in 27 countries. Discovered by security researchers Julian Kirsch, Christian Grothoff, … continue reading

The NSA is becoming Skynet

It wasn’t long ago that some very smart people on the Internet saw that countries like China, Burma, and eventually even the United Kingdom were trying to control what their citizens did on the Internet. To combat this authoritarianism online, the Tor project was created. Tor is, essentially, a network of proxies around the world … continue reading

SD Times Blog: Oakland launches new program using Big Data to bolster police surveillance

System will be able to monitor various sensors and data feeds to bolster evidence gathering and emergency response … continue reading

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